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Re: Proper use of an A Gate

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 July 2015 - 9:39am
Happy to have this merged or moved.

Ferdinand

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 July 2015 - 9:39am
22camels wrote:I have a feeling these Welsh 25% gradient signs are a slight exaggeration, based on riding up one of them a few weeks ago (the devil's staircase) which registered no higher than 20% on the basic (possibly not very trustworthy) barometric altimeter on my cateye cycle computer .

Hope you enjoy your traverse of the Beacons - it's all more or less downhill after you crest the ridge - and looks like the sun will be out.

I don't trust altimeters on cycle computers. On the Devil's Staircase my ankles (in walking mode) registered a very trustworthy 25%. Between Brecon and Cardiff (at least, on the route I would take) there is just one "get off and walk" incline of about 20% just after the Talybont Reservoir. The NCN8 route across the dam bypasses this. After that the main problems are to do with trying to follow the mish-mash of tracks branded "Taff Trail". Weather today (Friday) set fair.

Re: Is the entire field of view blocked for an HGV?

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 July 2015 - 9:15am

If he did everything right, if this is 'occasionally unavoidable', then trucks like that are simply not safe on public roads. AIUI they require a Banksman in order to manoevre on site due to HASWA regulations. If they are unsafe manoevring under the sole control of the driver (as the Banksman requirement and the responses to this incident of "let's not be hard on the driver" confirm) then there should always be a driver's assistant to ensure that manoevres like this can be made safely in public areas where you cannot expect those around the truck to be trained in the niceties (sic!) of "blind spots".

I have 'blind spots' driving my Skoda estate, some of them I can't see into simply be moving my head (typically when driving into or out of tight junctions); instead I move my body so that I can see into them. You do not need to be relaxed back into the seat the whole time.

Re: Pride comes before a fall

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 July 2015 - 8:41am
IMHO, it wasn't a close pass anyway!

Re: Free bicycle touring eBooks

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 July 2015 - 8:03am
Read the first one Grace. Thank you for your generosity. I've shared your link too.

Free bicycle touring eBooks

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 July 2015 - 7:51am
I'm on my third one now. Fantastic. I've said it before on this forum, but as a dad with 2 daughters I'm really pro female empowerment. Lots of these articles on World travel are by women. If anyone was ever in doubt about the strength and independence of our young women (and some not so young) then get reading!

I just hope that if my daughters decide to saddle up and disappear over the horizon one day, they might ask their old dad to ride with them just some of the way.

Inspirational. Thank you...b

Re: Pride comes before a fall

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 July 2015 - 7:10am
This is why Car drivers should wear Helmets. Lol !

I hope he got prosecuted for his driving and the assault.

Having said that I don't agree with cyclists going around looking for trouble. I don't think this cyclist was but he didn't control himself enough. Then again in that sort of situation where you've been shaved past within cms of your life and facing a raging lunatic it's hard to keep it together.

Pride comes before a fall

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 July 2015 - 6:49am
As the OP didn't highlight a warning, I will:

This video clip is violent and contains several very strong profanities. Are we a family forum?

Sad indictment of the culture on our roads. Both motorist and cyclist should be brought to book.

The motorist's wrongdoings are a given but the cyclist doesn't even really suffer a close pass. If he was having a bad day and that pass caused him to loose the plot and give chase, maybe he should have stayed in bed. What's he doing cycling? Certainly not enjoying himself. In the process of the chase it looks like he nearly has a couple of collisions with pedestrians.

In the heat of one exchange he admits he's out to wind people up. That he did for sure and he's lucky the motorist didn't catch him the second time as he had lost control by then. I don't blame the cyclist for cycling off down the pavement to escape. Lucky he did but lucky he didn't hit anyone walking along. The poor kid perched in the car. I shake my head for him.

In my opinion, just another wannabe cop with a camera, without the skills or training to record a rational case that would help towards any improvement of the road safety problems we have. Maybe it's me but I think these cameras have made things more dangerous on our roads.

There's also something a bit sick about the editing of this movie. Totally unnecessary to show the motorist falling heavily and at speed a second time and IN SLOW MOTION!

Pride comes before a fall

CTC Forum - On the road - 31 July 2015 - 1:37am
Shame the driver didn't have any. The cyclist is perhaps unwise to chase and confront the driver but the end would have been a whole lot different if he didn't. Yes, there were injuries but only minor I'm guessing.

This video clip is violent and contains several very strong profanities.

Re: Cycling to Skye from Troon

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 July 2015 - 1:00am
Or there is the Kintyre Express ferry. Gets you to either Campbelltown or Islay.

http://www.kintyreexpress.com/ferry%20service.html#

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 31 July 2015 - 12:05am
mcallaghan wrote:james01 wrote:Did do a little walkaround town but sore legs require rest, especially with my longest mileage day tomorrow - 60 miles including crossing the Beacons! I am honestly a little worried I won't be able to make it the whole way, given how the legs are starting to feel (sore back especially) but will see how the day fares out. Will be a PITA to sort out the lodging situation if I break early.

In case you read this before you set off...

Following NCN 8, you'll cross the dam of Talybont Reservoir then take the old railway track up the south bank.

When you rejoin the road at the top of the hill, given that you're pushed for time, stay on it past the reservoirs to Pontsticill (where there's a sharp left-hander dropping down below the dam). The two sections of rough track on the official NCN 8 are fun, but they'll wear you out and you've still got all the way to Cardiff to go.

Rejoin the route at Pontsticill and enjoy - it's 35 miles of downhill all the way. Don't get lost in Pontypridd!

Re: Where to stay with bikes in Rutland?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 July 2015 - 11:50pm
Thanks for that. I stumbled across the discover Rutland site earlier today. Baffles me why all these places insist on making accessing them for anyone coming any distance so expensive.

Having said that, I've paid London prices before now so everything's relative

Re: Proper use of an A Gate

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 July 2015 - 11:21pm
Pete Owens wrote:ferdinand wrote:The only way they will get taken out is if someone takes the time to request the removal of each one or upgrading in line with current standards.

How much does a heavy duty angle grinder cost?
I don't know but apparently the £80 battery power ones are sufficient to cut barriers now, so I'm told

Re: LLC and Wales Questions

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 July 2015 - 11:21pm
I have a feeling these Welsh 25% gradient signs are a slight exaggeration, based on riding up one of them a few weeks ago (the devil's staircase) which registered no higher than 20% on the basic (possibly not very trustworthy) barometric altimeter on my cateye cycle computer .

Hope you enjoy your traverse of the Beacons - it's all more or less downhill after you crest the ridge - and looks like the sun will be out.

Re: Touring - worst fear?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 July 2015 - 10:50pm
Not knowing whether or not I turned the cooker off before I left home.

Re: Cycling to Skye from Troon

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 July 2015 - 10:45pm
There aren't any of the western isles not worth visiting so your route will depend on how much time you have and how fit you feel.
Train options are Glasgow, Oban and Fort Wiilam
There are however plenty of no train options. If you get the ferry from Larne to Troon. The ferry to Arran leaves from Ardrossan just up the coast. You have the option of going clockwise the long way round or anti clockwise the short way to Lochranza. Ferry to Claonaig then either cycle to Oban or take the ferry to Port Ellen on Islay then cycle to Port Askaig and take the ferry to Oban. From Oban you have a road option (fairly busy) or take the ferry to Mull or to Barra. From Mull you could get the ferry to Lochaline then cycle up to Mallaig and take the ferry to Armadale. From Barra cycle to Lochmaddy then get the ferry to Uig on Skye.

Re: Proper use of an A Gate

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 July 2015 - 10:33pm
Moderators!!! This is a repeat of a previous thread
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Re: Raiders Road Dumfrieshire.

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 30 July 2015 - 10:11pm
Not long ago forestry roads were being surfaced with crushed scallop shells from a local scallop processing plant. To be on the safe side I would make sure you have a good puncture repair kit and a spare tube.

Had your bike nicked in Bristol?

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 July 2015 - 9:34pm
Avon and Somerset Police have recovered a load of stolen bikes, here are pictures of some of them:-

https://www.flickr.com/photos/aspolice/ ... 6395071206

Re: Proper use of an A Gate

CTC Forum - On the road - 30 July 2015 - 9:14pm
ferdinand wrote:The only way they will get taken out is if someone takes the time to request the removal of each one or upgrading in line with current standards.

How much does a heavy duty angle grinder cost?
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